Sister Magdalene "Maggie" Yee

  • Born: May 26, 1926
  • Died: January 15, 2020
  • Location: San Diego, California

Tribute & Message From The Family


A servant of Christ in service of others.

Message From The Family

The Yee Family would like to extend our gratitude for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Sister Magdalene by adding your memories and photos.

Sister Maggie, also known as Foo Young Yee and Sister Mary Trinita, died on January 15, 2020, in San Diego, California at the age of 93. She spent the better part of her life serving Christ, caring for patients and the elderly, teaching others, and serving the poor and underserved. Foo Young was born on May 6, 1926 in Phoenix, Arizona to Fook Sing Yee, Sr. and Woo Shee Yee. She graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1944 , and went on to earn her Associate's degree from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Phoenix four years later. In 1953, after receiving her calling to religious life during a memorable sunset in Hawaii, Foo Young joined the Sisters of Mercy and took the name Sister Mary Trinita. She spent the next two decades devoting herself to the work of Christ through her nursing profession, whether at the bedside of the sick, on the street near those suffering from addiction or in the classroom as a nursing instructor. She had a deep love of learning and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in nursing from University of San Francisco and a master's degree in nursing with a clinical emphasis in psychiatric nursing from University of California, San Francisco. In 1977, she felt another calling to more deeply serve the forgotten by taking a vow of "radical" poverty to accomplish the Lord's work. She moved to Spokane, co-founded the religious order Servants of Christ, and changed her name to Sister Magdalene, where she worked closely with St. Ann's parish to serve people suffering from alcoholism, poverty, mental illness, and homelessness. In 1981, Sister Maggie relocated to Mexico where she spent the next twenty years ministering to the underserved in Tijuana, working alongside Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Peace at La Casa de Los Pobres. After Tijuana, with no thought of retiring, she lived in San Diego and then San Leandro for several decades, caring for many friends and family members in need. Sister Maggie relocated back to San Diego in 2018, where she finally retired from caring for others. She will be remembered for her deep generosity of spirit. Her gift to many of us were the delicious meals that she prepared lovingly, and the conversations had during those meals. Although she owned little, she gave her whole self in the service of others. The Yee family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the staff at St. Paul's PACE, Sharp Hospice, and Mt. Miguel Covenant Village Health Facility for providing the loving care to Sister Maggie that she, herself, offered to others her entire life.

A funeral mass at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church. Following the mass there will be a luncheon and memorial to honor Sister Maggie's life.
(3131 Governor Drive San Diego, CA 92122) will be held on Friday March 13th at 11:00 a.m. Repass to follow.

Sister Maggie will be interred with her parents in Section 43A at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Condolences cards may be mailed to Sister Maggie's last remaining sibling:
Sister Mary Grace
c/o Colette Boudreau
3641 Sebastian Court El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


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I knew Sr. M Trinita when I was in formation with the Sisters of Mercy and studying nursing at USF in San Francisco. Her care and compassion during a time of decision making for me was so affirming and positive that I have wonderful memories of her and have thought of her throughout the years. I was happy to write to her and update her with my life, my family and celebrating 50 years as a mental health nurse. She is such a wonderful model of unconditional love and giving from her substance. God bless her sister and family.

Posted by Julie Shasky Ames - Camarillo, CA - Friend   March 04, 2020

My first meeting with Aunt Foo was when my son and daughter in law (Colette Boudreau) hosted a dinner for our family that Aunt Foo prepared for us. What a wonderful meal and someone said she could feed 150 people on a single chicken. That is how she made her world work magic for us all. What a wonderful sense of humor and delight in her personality. Colette found out that her Dad had a Chinese name that she had never heard. Big sister tells all!
Mostly I felt that Aunt Foo inspired in others what she herself gave without judgement. I know both Colette and Angie (her nieces) have a very giving and caring personality that comes without question to them and for the benefit of those in need and in need of love. I think I just felt that being in her presence made me want to be a better person as well. What a gift she gave to us all. Thank you Aunt Foo for being and giving what you have done. The world needs more of you.

Posted by Darlene Engellenner - Roseville, CA - Family   March 03, 2020

MI ÁNGEL SE FUE A LA CASA DE DIOS PADRE, DESCANSA EN PAZ PRECIOSA ALMA TAN LLENA DE AMOR POR TODOS LOS QUE MENOS TIENEN Y ESPECIALMENTE GRACIAS POR EL GRAN AMOR A MI PERSONA Y A MI FAMILIA ,GRACIAS POR SUS BENDICIONES QUE SIEMPRE ME ACOMPAÑARÁN,GRACIAS POR ESE AMOR QUE SE SENTÍA HASTA EL CORAZÓN, COMO SOLO UNA MADRE PUEDE DAR , ESTOY TRISTE PORQUE NO VOLERE A VER ESA SONRISA, PERO CONSIENTE DE QUE ERA SU TIEMPO Y QUE CON SUS ACTOS, LLEVA SU PASAPORTE EN SUS MANOS PARA ENTRAR A LA CASA DE DIOS PADRE POR LA PUERTA GRANDE, LA VIDA NO ME ALCANZARA PARA AGRADECER TANTAS Y TANTAS MUESTRAS DE SU GRAN AMOR Y APOYO PARA MI FAMILIA Y PARA MI,VE PUES MI MONJITA AMADA A DESCANSAR CON LA SEGURIDAD DE QUE TÚ SIEMBRA EN ESTA VIDA, TENDRÁ ABUNDANTES GRACIAS EN LA VIDA ETERNA, MIS ORACIONES, AMOR Y AGRADECIMIENTO, POR SIEMPRE, TE VAS PERO TE QUEDAS POR SIEMPRE CONMIGO, MI QUERIDA MADRE, GRACIAS POR ADOPTARME CON TODOS MIS DEFECTOS, PIDE A DIOS NOS DE UN POCO DE LA FORTALEZA QUE TUVISTE TÚ PARA ENFRENTAR CON UNA SONRISA TANTO DOLOR FÍSICO QUE LOS ÁNGELES LLEVEN TU ALMA A LOS BRAZOS DE DIOS ,TE AMO MÁS ALLÁ DEL TIEMPO Y LA DISTANCIA

Posted by Concepcion Melano - Tijuana, CA - Friend   March 01, 2020

My Aunt has been such an inspiration to so many people including myself. I have been drawn to helping people most of my life and hearing her stories allowed me to understand why I sometimes do the things I do. I have wonderful memories of my Aunt's cooking. She cooked with love and taught us some of her recipes. She will be forever remembered for her kindness, compassion, and helping those less fortunate.

Posted by Colette Boudreau - El Dorado Hills, CA - Family   February 28, 2020

I have known and loved Aunt Foo for forty years. I enjoyed her stories of the adventures that she had while serving the poor and sick. She could find the sunlight through the darkest day. She was extremely realistic but always found a way to smile and even laugh about life's quirks. If I tried to call her Sister Maggie, she would correct me and insist that she was my Aunt Foo. Since Sing and Mary were already my #2 dad and mom, I agreed happily. After all Stephanie was my sister of the heart. Even though I miss her, I can't help but smile at all the memories, scary, funny, and sweet.

Posted by Denise Wallentinson - Chandler, AZ - Family Friend   February 27, 2020

Rest in Peace, dear Aunt Foo. You were a huge blessing to the Condap family, and we will miss your caring, gentle ways.

Posted by Gwen Yee Condap Condap - San Leandro, CA   February 10, 2020


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I have known and loved Aunt Foo for forty years. I enjoyed her stories of the “adventures” that she had while serving the poor and sick. She could find the sunlight through the darkest day. She was extremely realistic but always found a way to smile and even laugh about life’s quirks. If I tried to call her Sister Maggie, she would correct me and insist that she was my Aunt Foo. Since Sing and Mary were already my #2 dad and mom, I agreed happily. After all Stephanie was my sister of the heart. Even though I miss her, I can’t help but smile at all the memories, scary, funny, and sweet.
Sister Maggie with Nieces, Kirstine and Angie